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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 11-23-11, 06:39 PM   #1
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Weight limit on step through frames?

How strong are step through frames?
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Old 11-24-11, 12:09 AM   #2
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Old 11-24-11, 07:29 AM   #3
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Depends on the frame, and the stepper
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Old 11-24-11, 09:45 AM   #4
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Depends on the frame, and the stepper
No frame chosen yet, just seeing if it's a possibility. If there's one out there that's stronger than the others it would be nice to know.

She wont share her weight, but I'd guess about 350 lbs.
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dude, i ain't even gonna laugh- i'm pokin' close to 300 myself and i have given considerable thought
to getting a women's bike so i can really stack the groceries up on the rack. man, i would love to
be able to put 2-3 cases of diet (snort!) soda on and a 10 pound sacka taters on top of it all. this
in addition to the 30 or so pounds in the saddle bags. or be able to put a large milk crate on the rack
permanently.

i have been looking at mixte frames, too. got a feeling i may end up with 2 bikes- one for shopping, the other for
pleasure riding. same principle as having 2 horses; one to pull a milk wagon, the other for day to day
riding.

every time i go to the v.a. they scale me (no, not like a fish!). i hide the readout from them with my hand,
then tell them the scale is way off and needs to be recalibrated. that it is reading a hundred pounds too
high. they look me over, then pull my hand away from the readout and here we go....the girls start hollerin'
and saying ohhhh, you think it's reading too high, do you? i love 'em.

i'll watch this thread with interest. great thread idea! thanks!

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All will find VERY strong frames on these bicycles.............

www.worksman.com
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All will find VERY strong frames on these bicycles.............

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wow, thanks for the link. Never heard of them before. American made, love it.

Sending them an email now.
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They even responded today, Thanksgiving, 21 minutes after I sent it.

They said their Newsgirl step-through frame would handle 350lbs without problem after adding the front brake, heavy duty tubes, and wide sprung seat.
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wow, thanks for the link. Never heard of them before. American made, love it.

Sending them an email now.
If you search around here you will find that there are mixed reports on quality of these bikes. Personally, I have no idea.

Soma makes a really nice steel mixte frame bike, but they are pricey.

Rivendell has the Betty Foy, which I lust after, but it is also pricey all built up:



REI has some reasonably priced options on step through (usually aluminum) and Mixte (usually steel) frames. For example: http://www.rei.com/product/808783/no...sion-bike-2012 I do not know if they have weight limits for their bikes.

Kona has a reasonably priced mixte:

There are all sorts of other non-mixte step through frame options as well, with many major bike companies making step through bikes. A lot of them don't post weight limits for their bikes. Trek is one which does, and for its "urban" style bikes they have a 300 pound limit. It likely is conservative.

Based on all the reading I have done on this forum it seems like a good idea to stay away from suspension forks and seat posts. Mixtes don't have them but a lot of other types of step through "comfort" bikes do.

Another option is a crank forward type bike where she can put her feet on the ground. Like an electra:



http://www.rei.com/product/798551/el...-21d-bike-2012

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Nightshade-I'm in the upper 2's, close enough to 3, and have ridden even the Worksman folding bike without incident. I think they make a heavily built, quality product. Others may differ with me, but I think starting this voyage with a heavier bike may not be such a bad idea . Hopefully, weight loss will equal easier riding. Many people fault Worksmans for weight, but that may be part of the solution more than the problem for BobJs rider in question. I know it was for me. When the bike gets too heavy, it's time for N+1.
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